Handicapping the final week of the NFL regular season can be quite a challenge. It’s unlike most other games. Several games play much like during the pre-season. Many starters are rested and younger, inexperienced players are given the chance to prove themselves. However, all are inter-division games, which means the teams are more familiar with each other. This raises many question marks but also provides unique opportunities to evaluate matchups based largely on motivation and situational handicapping where clear advantages exist.
Handicapping largely comes down to which teams appear most determined to win versus opponents who are playing out the final game and looking forward either to the upcoming playoffs, or a lengthy off-season and time for a re-evaluation.
I’ve tried to take all these factors into account entering the final full slate of games. Here are my thoughts on all 16 games (listed below).Read More